I don’t know how long I’ve been aware of this National Endowment for the Humanities list – probably fifteen years? – and I’ve been slowly working on getting all of these read. Even if I read nothing else, I doubt I’d be done with it by now. Well, that’s an exaggeration, I probably would have been. Dang you, John Grisham! Anyway, I’ve been making very good progress on the K-3 list that I wanted to post here. Of course, many are pictures books – just wait until I get to the high school list! – but it’s still good.
just finished Alice in Wonderland which was a very unusual book. So much of what is in it is in the public consciousness – the rabbit hole, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts – but here it all is in one pretty short story. I’m not sure I like it, really, but I know I love this video of it, from the British Film Institute, a 1903 short film of the story. How amazing to think that the only one still alive here is probably the trees.
Some of these books I’ve probably read – Aesop’s Fables! – but I haven’t marked it just to be sure. A couple I’ll have to get via inter-library loan. And I know it’s really weird I haven’t read Curious George – he’s super popular at my library, but my kids were never interested so I haven’t read it yet. Next on my list to read is Mouse and the Motorcycle, which will probably come back to me; I bet I read it as a child – I only mark it if I remember reading the book. My absolute favorite here would be Millions of Cats. What’s yours?
The K-3 list, with what I have left to read highlighted:
Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline.
Brown, Marcia. Stone Soup.
Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon.
Brunhoff, Jean de. The Story of Babar.
Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
Collodi, Carlo. Adventures of Pinocchio.
Daugherty, James. Andy and the Lion.
dePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona.
Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia.
Flack, Marjorie. The Angus series.
Freeman, Don. Corduroy.
Fritz, Jean. The Cabin Faced West.
Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats.
Galdone, Paul. The Three Little Pigs.
Grahame, Kenneth. The Reluctant Dragon.
Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances.
Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day
Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer.
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed.
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand.
Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense.
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends.
Lopshire, Robert. Put Me in the Zoo.
Marshall, James. George and Martha.
McDermott, Gerald. Anansi the Spider.
Merrill, Jean. The Pushcart War.
Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear.
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia.
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could.
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Rey, H.A. Curious George.
Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square.
Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat.
Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child’s Garden of Verses.
Thurber, James. Many Moons.
Udry, Janice May. A Tree is Nice.
Van Allsburg, Chris. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear.
Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy.
Zolotow, Charlotte. William’s Doll.